# The problem of “Sock Merchant” – C Source code

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John works at a clothing store. He has a large pile of socks that he must pair by color for sale. Given an array of integers representing the color of each sock, determine how many pairs of socks with matching colors there are.

For example, there are socks n=7 with colors ar=[1,2,1,2,1,3,2] . There is one pair of color and one of color . There are three odd socks left, one of each color. The number of pairs is 2.

https://www.hackerrank.com/challenges/sock-merchant

#include <assert.h>
#include <limits.h>
#include <math.h>
#include <stdbool.h>
#include <stddef.h>
#include <stdint.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>

char** split_string(char*);

// Complete the sockMerchant function below.
int sockMerchant(int n, int ar_count, int* ar)
{
int total_sock_pairs = 0;
int* temp_ar;

temp_ar = (int*)malloc(ar_count*sizeof(int));

// Case of exception in memory allocation .. must be handled somehow
if(temp_ar == NULL)
return -1;

memmove(temp_ar,ar,ar_count*sizeof(int));

for(int i=0;i<ar_count-1;i++)
{
if(temp_ar[i] <0)
continue;

for(int j=(i+1);j<ar_count;j++)
if(temp_ar[i] == temp_ar[j])
{
total_sock_pairs++;
temp_ar[j] = -1;
break;
}
}

}

int main()
{
FILE* fptr = fopen(getenv("OUTPUT_PATH"), "w");

char* n_endptr;
int n = strtol(n_str, &n_endptr, 10);

if (n_endptr == n_str || *n_endptr != '\0') { exit(EXIT_FAILURE); }

int* ar = malloc(n * sizeof(int));

for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
char* ar_item_endptr;
char* ar_item_str = *(ar_temp + i);
int ar_item = strtol(ar_item_str, &ar_item_endptr, 10);

if (ar_item_endptr == ar_item_str || *ar_item_endptr != '\0') { exit(EXIT_FAILURE); }

*(ar + i) = ar_item;
}

int ar_count = n;

int result = sockMerchant(n, ar_count, ar);

fprintf(fptr, "%d\n", result);

fclose(fptr);

return 0;
}

size_t alloc_length = 1024;
size_t data_length = 0;
char* data = malloc(alloc_length);

while (true) {
char* cursor = data + data_length;
char* line = fgets(cursor, alloc_length - data_length, stdin);

if (!line) { break; }

data_length += strlen(cursor);

if (data_length < alloc_length - 1 || data[data_length - 1] == '\n') { break; }

size_t new_length = alloc_length << 1;
data = realloc(data, new_length);

if (!data) { break; }

alloc_length = new_length;
}

if (data[data_length - 1] == '\n') {
data[data_length - 1] = '\0';
}

data = realloc(data, data_length);

return data;
}

char** split_string(char* str) {
char** splits = NULL;
char* token = strtok(str, " ");

int spaces = 0;

while (token) {
splits = realloc(splits, sizeof(char*) * ++spaces);
if (!splits) {
return splits;
}

splits[spaces - 1] = token;

token = strtok(NULL, " ");
}

return splits;
}